The cronut burger's maple bacon jam is the official cause the food-borne illness that affected more than 150 people attending the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE).
As of Tuesday, Toronto Public Health received 223 reports from CNE visitors who experienced gastrointestinal symptoms; and over 100 of these attendees ate Epic Burger and Waffle's cronut burger (a croissant-doughnut hybrid with beef) from August 16 to 20.
TPH confirms at least 79 of these patrons were directly affected by the cronut burger.
"We have ensured the contaminated product is not served. There is no risk to the public," said Dr. David McKeown, Toronto's medical officer of health in a statement.
Last week, health officials said food samples of the cronut burgers were contaminated with staphylococcus aureus, or staph aureus, a type of bacteria often found on skin, hair, noses and throats of people and animals. If consumed, the bacteria can cause everything from an upset stomach to more serious symptoms like diarrhea, fever, vomiting, abdominal cramps and dehydration.
Starting today, Epic Burgers and Waffles will reopen but there will be no sight of maple bacon jam, supplied by Toronto cronut maker Le Dolci or the cronut burger. TPH continues to focus its investigation on how the contamination occurred, while Le Dolci has voluntarily ceased production of this product.
On Tuesday, Epic Burger and Waffles and Le Dolci released an official statement:
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